Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday is coming up on February 10th. At RUMC, we will have our annual Ash Wednesday service that evening in the sanctuary at 6:30 PM. (Please note that regular Wonderful Wednesday activities will be suspended for that evening.) Pastor Merritt is calling on us to observe a day of fasting and prayer on Ash Wednesday.
Methodist Men Invited to Ash Wednesday Breakfast
All United Methodist Men of the South Central District have been invited to annual Ash Wednesday Breakfast at Hyde Park UMC in Tampa (note the change in venue). The breakfast will begin at 6:30 AM, and the cost of the event is $8.00. Jamie Westlake, the Senior Pastor at New Hope UMC (formerly First Brandon UMC) will be the speaker.
Let Jack Findlay, our UMC President, know if you want to go with the men of our church. Or you can call Ken Blackman (629-4380) or Elsil Chase (612-9523) directly.
Next Sunday is Valentine’s Day
Next Sunday, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day. In honor of that special day, there will be a catered Sweetheart Banquet luncheon immediately following the service. Individual tickets are on sale this Sunday for $10 apiece—get your ticket from your nearby Care Committee member or from the church office.
Next Sunday will also be a special worship service time, as we will be joined by our Hispanic Congregation in a unity service. So, bring your Valentine for a special morning of worship and celebration.
Introducing Two New Women’s Studies
Attention Ladies: The Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study is initiating a new study for Lent, starting on Wednesday, March 17. They will be completing the study of “The Prayer of Jabez” by Bruce Wilkinson.
This study reveals how to make praying the Jabez prayer a lifetime habit. Readers will broaden their understanding of the four components of the Jabez prayer ("bless me; enlarge my borders; keep Your hand upon me; keep me from evil") by investigating key scriptural passages and learning how to apply them to their lives. For more information about the Wednesday Night Women’s Bible Study, contact Sharon Cayce at 802-8325.
Likewise, the Monday morning Women’s Bible Study will be beginning a new study from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. For the next six weeks they will look into “The Life You Always Wanted” by John Ortberg. Dr. Ortberg describes how living life Jesus’ way will truly be the life you always wanted to live. You can contact Diana Williams, the study facilitator, at 677-3261.
RUMC Annual Talent Show
The RUMC Talent Show will be coming on Saturday, March 5th. Sponsored by our United Methodist Women, the festivities begin at 6:30 PM. Dessert and coffee will be served. If you have a talent that you want to put on display, contact Gary or Kim Floyd, and put your name on the list.
Save the Date: April 15-17
The Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park will be holding a Spiritual Gifts Retreat for couples and singles during the weekend of April 15-17. Speakers will include Bishop Carter and his wife and John Riley. Retreat music will be provided by the Lighthouse Band of Coral Gables. Registration information for this retreat will be posted at the United Methodist Men website, www.ummflconf.org.